Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - The Montreal Impact will open the home portion
of their schedule in search of their third straight victory on Saturday when
they welcome Canadian rivals Toronto FC to Olympic Stadium.
The Impact go into Saturday's match as the hottest team in the young MLS
season. New coach Marco Schallibaum's side had trouble winning away from home
last term -- claiming three points just twice -- but have won each of their
first two road tests this season in Seattle and Portland.
Last week's win at Jeld-Wen Field saw defender Hassoun Camara score on a
spectacular overhead volley for the first goal of the contest and Brazilian
midfielder Felipe doubled his team's lead in the 60th minute.
The Timbers got one back with 10 minutes to play, but Montreal held on for the
"We didn't come in here and steal the three points tonight," said Schallibaum.
"We were solid defensively and had a lot of help from our midfield. It was a
difficult and tight game, but we responded well."
Toronto, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive victory of its own after
knocking off Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, at Rogers Centre last week.
Welsh international Robert Earnshaw netted a first-half brace for Toronto,
while Claudio Bieler got one back for Sporting in the 77th minute, but the
Reds held on for their first win under new head coach Ryan Nelsen.
Earnshaw's two-goal performance garnered him Player of the Week honors, making
him the first Toronto player to claim the award since Danny Koevermans
was named Player of the Week for Week 17 in July 2012.
Since entering the league in 2007, Toronto fans and players alike haven't
had much to cheer about as the club has never made a postseason appearance and
won just five times last season.
But last week's victory over one of the top clubs in MLS should give Nelsen's
troops a nice boost of confidence heading into Saturday's clash.
Central defender Darren O'Dea said the club's victory came down to the
managerial approach of Nelsen, as well as good performances from the side's
"We've beaten a very good Kansas [City] team today. It is the gaffer, but also
the players that he has brought in as well. Players like Danny Califf at the
back and Robert [Earnshaw] up front. It's a bit of experience and a bit of
mental toughness and we probably lacked that last year."
The clubs met three times last season with each side earning a victory to go
with a scoreless draw in the last match of the season on October 20, 2012.
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